It has been reported by people within the hotel that they are only being offered ibuprofen and sleeping tablets instead of mental health support – this is unacceptable.
We have seen first-hand how the absence of sustained, trauma- informed support compounds the trauma of womxn already hurt by state violence in their home countries, who are then re-traumatised by the inhumane asylum system and its engrained racialized logic that enforced destitution will incentivize voluntary returns.
In our direct support we have witnessed signs of asylum process related trauma. We believe this is part of a complex and multifaceted individual response and reaction to their life situations, and it is largely attributable to an asylum process designed to question their credibility and undermine their lived experience at every stage.
As part of our UNTIED (Ubuntu New Trauma-Informed Destitution support) programme, we are offering psychosocial support with our in-house licensed counsellor for the womxn residing in the hotel.
Please contact us for more information if you or anyone you know (womxn only) is in need of mental health support or contact our counsellor directly at email@example.com or call to find out more at +44 7543 491900
Image from the BLM Matter protest at Glasgow Green, Sunday 7th June 2020.
Our statement on the Hostile Environment & the pandemic:
Over the last eight years, the enforcement of Hostile Environment policies by the UK Home Office has ‘successfully’ demeaned, isolated and impoverished migrants (of any status). This finely tuned enforcement apparatus now combined with self-isolation and pervasive fear opens up stark choices for destitute womxn with no recourse to public funds – police brutality on the streets or the brutality that comes from being locked up with sexual predators, without bank accounts or disposable incomes womxn with families are choosing to ration scarce food supplies, starve or risk infecting their households with trips to empty food banks.
Let us not forget that even before Covid -19, hostile environment policies- indefinite detention and deportations – were designed to contain the contagion these ‘illegals’ and ‘aliens’ would bring to our neighbourhoods and cities. The logic of this policy was that if we treated migrants with dignity, gave them rights to decent housing, bank accounts, rights to work and access to free healthcare, education, public funds while their claims were being considered they would refuse to leave. What we have seen is that the intended consequence of the policy was instead to create a precarious, racialized underclass with womxn bearing the brunt of the draconian imperatives of this state policy.
Over the last few days we have seen how the Scottish Parliament’s bureaucratic delays in rolling out a clear destitution response to COVID-19 means councils can brush off responsibility for housing and feeding womxn with no recourse to public funds despite the obvious public health and safety issues. This institutional inertia has a daily human cost as womxn with little or no resources struggle to find their next piece of food and a safe place to avoid infection, sexual predation and violence.
In the eighth largest economy on the planet we demand to know where are our safe spaces, our community housing projects, our communal food kitchens to prevent hunger, starvation, disease, sexual abuse and violence, destitution and death? Why do our fellow human beings have to depend on the fickle, self-interested charitable handouts of supermarket conglomerates and why is food, secure accommodation and dignity still not a human right irrespective of immigration status?
As another night falls we stay on our phones whispering, reassuring the womxn at the other end of the line as she hides in a corner somewhere, praying that this will be the night when she can safely close her eyes and dream of a better world. This is unacceptable!
We demand an immediate end to the Hostile Environment policy